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Administrative Responsibilities for Tickle College of Engineering

Affiliations & Awards

  • President-Elect, Executive Board of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Research Council (ERC), 2015
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2009
  • Outstanding Service Award, College of Arts & Sciences, 2009
  • Editor, Journal of Structural Geology
  • Chair, Structural Geology & Tectonics Division, Geological Society of America, 2007


William M. Dunne received his B.S. and Ph.D. in geology from Bristol University, England. He joined the faculty of West Virginia University as an assistant professor of geology in 1980, and was promoted to associate professor in 1986. In 1988 he joined UT’s College of Arts and Sciences as an associate professor of geology, was promoted to full professor in 1995 and in 1997 was named head of the Department of Geological Sciences. Dunne was appointed as associate dean for research, facilities and graduate student policy in the College of Arts & Sciences in 2002. In 2009, he was appointed as associate dean for research and technology in the Tickle College of Engineering. His teaching has received institutional recognition with the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences Teaching Award in 1991 and 1995, UT Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994 and the College of Arts & Sciences Senior Faculty Teaching Award in 1995. His research has had two foci. The first is improving the understanding of accommodation of cratonic sedimentary rocks of the development of an adjacent mountain belt particularly in the context of blind thrust systems and the interplay of microscale deformation mechanisms during low-temperature conditions and for small strains. The second is the characterization of fracture systems to facilitate the better implementation of such fractures into the analysis of hydrocarbon migration and reservoirs, the flow of contaminated groundwater and the strength of manmade structures such as tunnels.

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